April 26, 2021

Centenary University Recognizes Outstanding Students at Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony

20 students lauded for notable academic achievement during April 22 event


Hackettstown, N.J., April 23, 2021—Centenary University recognized 20 students for outstanding academic achievement at a virtual Academic Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 22. In keeping with Centenary tradition, the annual event was held in the George H. Whitney Chapel and broadcast later due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

During the ceremony, the University also recognized two professors for their outstanding contributions to Centenary’s academic programs and students. Linda Poisseroux of Hackettstown, NJ, was named Centenary University Distinguished Teacher of the Year, while John A. Bermingham Jr., Esq., of Mount Bethel, Pa., was selected to receive the Joel K. Kobert Adjunct Teacher of the Year award. An assistant professor of business, Poisseroux is the director of Centenary Enactus, the University’s competitive business team, which has garnered state, regional, national, and international honors. Bermingham is an assistant professor of paralegal and legal assistant studies, and teaches courses in constitutional law, government, business law, and health law.

Centenary University students honored include:


Essex County
Newark—Onoshope Itunoya Musa, Richard A. Dennis Scholarship

Hudson County
Jersey City—Bryianna Cameron Frazier, Jane Barbara Thomas Scholarship in Fashion

Hunterdon County
Flemington—Amanda Hando, Outstanding Achievement in Social Work
Glen Gardner—Gianna Morano, Jane Barbara Thomas Scholarship in Fashion

Monmouth County
Red Bank—Amanda Yarznbowicz, Raymond Sloan Scholarship in the Arts

Morris County
Oak Ridge—John Brizek, Elaine Stewart-Tyrrell Memorial Scholarship

Passaic County
West Milford—Alissa Mor, Outstanding Achievement in Science, Second or Third Year Student

Sussex County
Hopatcong—Amanda Baker, Centenary University Criminal Justice Achievement Award

Warren County
Great Meadows—Pier Semanchik, Outstanding Achievement in Science, Fourth Year Student
Hackettstown—Caroline Rabuano, Outstanding Achievement in English, Third or Fourth Year Student; Suzanna Collis, Outstanding Achievement in Business; Gianna Girod, Outstanding Achievement in Communications
Oxford—Ben Lachac, Outstanding Achievement in Psychology
Phillipsburg—Anna Summit, Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Arts
Washington—Kenneth Cousineau, Outstanding Achievement in English, First or Second Year Student; Sean Graham, Outstanding Achievement in History, Third or Fourth Year Student, and Outstanding Academic Achievement in Education; Sarah Gilligan, Outstanding Achievement in Sociology

Glenview—Lauren McCartney, Outstanding Achievement in History, First or Second Year Student

Wolfeboro—Emma Kerr, Outstanding Achievement in Equine Studies, Senior

Guilford—Payton Lawrence, Outstanding Achievement in Equine Studies, Sophomore or Junior


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Parsippany, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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